Federal charges filed against 2 stowaways in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal officials have filed charges against two men who were arrested when a cargo ship docked in South Carolina from the Dominican Republic.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Eddy Martinez Reyees and Jose Miguel Crisostomo-Perez were arrested after they were found at the State Ports Authority docks in Mount Pleasant last week.

A third suspected stowaway was found dead in a cargo container.

Nettles says Reyees is charged with illegally re-entering the United States after a felony conviction and Crisostomo-Perez was charged with illegally entering the country.

Authorities say the men hid in a container and had cut a hole in the top to get air. A joint team from Border Protection and the Coast Guard responded, capturing one man on the ship and the other from the water.

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